a love letter to words
I have a quote for every situation, sometimes an entire book. Someone will be sharing with me something they’re going through and my very first thought is, “Oh! I read a quote the other day that works here. Let me find it.” I cannot tell you how many hours I’ve spent combing the internet and flipping through the pages of my books just to find the perfect quote. Sometimes I can see a fragment of it in my mind, sometimes I can recite the entire quote verbatim. Sometimes I don’t really know what I’m looking for, I’ll just know it when I see it. I even have a quote for that too: “Off I go, rummaging about in books for sayings which please me.” That one is by Michel de Montaigne.
What is it about words that we are so drawn to them? Why do I find my comfort in the words of people I will never know? Why is it that their words are the place I find my home, without fail?
My heart longs to be understood. And there’s something comforting about discovering that another person wrote something down that speaks to my existence years later. They understand me, even if they don’t know me. The words of others have gotten me through my worst and my best days. They’ve gotten me through this life. And I imagine they’ll help get me through the rest of it.
I wanted to share some words I’ve come across that, every time I read them, leave an ache in my heart. They’re beautiful words that somehow express the inexpressible. They make you smile and cry at the same time. I’ve always been fond of that feeling - melancholy with a little hope inside it. I hope you find something in them as well.